IMGP0056.jpgUnited Way's Building New Careers helps people become financially stable by starting careers in building and construction trades. The program works with local labor unions, apprenticeship programs and other partners to teach job skills and earn the academic credentials needed for the world of work.

The program helps people who otherwise have a hard time landing a good job: the formerly incarcerated, high school dropouts, veterans.

Program participants "earn while they learn,"  through apprenticeships, stipends and on-the-job training. They can earn credit toward an associate's degree, and work toward earning their journey-person's credential in trades such as bricklayers/masonry, carpentry, construction, electical, plaster/drywall, plumbing, steamfitting and many more.


  • Association of General Contractors
  • Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families
  • Iowa Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
  • Iowa Department of Economic Development
  • Iowa Department of Corrections
  • Iowa State Building and Construction Trades
  • Joint Training Apprenticeship Coordinators Committee
  • U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs


Bob Brown

Building New Careers Program Manager

United Way of Central Iowa